Ben Thompson, an egg farmer from Pearl City, Illinois, has been named the 2015-16 president of Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF). Thompson, whose family owns and operates Pearl Valley Eggs, represents the Illinois Poultry Industries Association on the MPF board of directors.

Thompson replaces outgoing president Kim Reis, a turkey farmer from Ellsworth, Iowa. Reis now assumes the past president position and continues to represent the Iowa Turkey Federation on the MPF board.

“I am honored to lead MPF into the coming year,” said Thompson. “Our 2015 convention featured increased enthusiasm for our show as well as a continued expansion of our exhibit space so I am excited to capitalize on the momentum we experienced this year and build upon our successes for the 2016 convention.”


MPF board elections were held during the 2015 MPF convention, held March 17-19, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Other officers elected during this same time were:

  • First vice president: Dr. Darrin Karcher, Michigan State University
  • Second vice president: Bruce Eastlund, ILC Resources
  • Secretary-treasurer: Greg Nelson, Nelson Poultry Farms Inc., Manhattan, Kansas

Also at the March 17 MPF board meeting, Glenn Schulz of Zoetis was elected to his second term as an allied director on the board.